A breakpoint has been reached, Error 0x80000003

Windows 10 is a big operating system. By bug, I mean that it is a feature-rich operating system with several tiny components coming together. This raises a good probability of the different type of errors that a user may encounter. One such error is Error 0x80000003 which a user can encounter upon their execution of any random file. But one thing is obvious that this file would be an executable file and the other thing is obvious that this error is caused due to some Registry files conflicting with the execution or and drivers missing or not compatible with the hardware to run the program.

The exception Breakpoint, A breakpoint has been reached, (0x80000003) occured in the application.

This Windows Executive STATUS message is a warning. If given an option, you need to choose one of the options from the message box. If you are running the application in an end-user environment, rather than in a development environment, you need to contact the supplier of the running application about this message, as this should not happen when a finished program is running.

Nevertheless, there are a few things you could try and see if they help you fix the problem.

A breakpoint has been reached, Error 0x80000003

  1. Run chkdsk /r
  2. Run System File Checker at Boot time
  3. Run that file in Clean Boot State
  4. Such an error can also point to memory leaks.
  5. You may need to contact the developers of that particular software and ask them what this error means.

First of all, we would recommend you to create a System Restore point. Because we will be playing with registry files and modifying some really critical Windows settings. Having done this, we will continue on our quest of fixing error 0x80000003.


Maybe you need to run CHKDSK so that it can fix and recover any damaged segments on the drive. In an elevated CMD run the chkdsk /r command.


Run System File Checker offline. This will repair corrupted or damaged Windows files. You will need to run this command from elevated CMD, i.e., command prompt launched with admin privileges.

3] Boot Windows 10 in a clean boot state

Boot in Clean Boot State and try to execute the same file. This will help if any processes are obstructing the removal.

4] Make a scan to check Memory Leaks

Using the Memory Diagnostic Tool is pretty straightforward. Save all your important work. Then, hit WINKEY + R to open the Run window. Now, type in the command mdsched.exe in the Run window. Reboot your computer.

After a reboot, perform a basic scan or go for the ‘Advanced’ options like ‘Test mix’ or ‘Pass count’. Hit F10 to start the test.

Hope the tests throw up something useful.

You can also try to find & fix Memory Leaks manually.

5] Contact the Developer

If nothing mentioned above works out for you, then you can try contacting the developer of the software throwing this error.

You can search the Internet for their official support channel and discuss this error there.

All the best!

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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